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Week 41 Pregnancy Journal



How Far Along? 41 Weeks ... let's go ahead and file this one under "posts I really didn't think I'd be writing"!

Size of Baby: A pumpkin (20 inches)! Our baby weighs approximately 8 lbs now according to the BabyBump app (just for a point of reference, I was 7.1 when I was born ... Ian was 7.11)

Gender: All pink!


Weight Gain: Down three pounds from last week's weigh in (apparently this is common before you give birth?) so up a total of 20lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight.

Maternity Clothes: All the time. I'll be so happy to put them away at the end of this pregnancy!


Nursery: Loving it. It's ready for a baby.

Movement: She's running out of room -- besides the occasional stretch where I feel her heels stick out in my upper right abdomen, she is not moving as freely as she once did.

Symptoms: Crying during shows or commercials with babies, especially if they are crying themselves (thanks hormones). Increased dexterity with picking up fallen items from the floor with my toes. Also, some labor symptoms -- light contractions throughout the day that I've been tracking on my iPhone when I can.



Sleep: Sleeping pretty well on my left side, but I can't WAIT to have the freedom again to sleep however I want. Also, waking up every morning feeling pretty incredulous that we made it through another night.

Cravings: Fresh fruit, especially pineapple.

What I Miss: Toned arms. They are quite smooshy now.

Best Moment This Week: A few things! Working with the doula to prepare for labor. I even had my first ever (and second) trip to an acupuncturist to try to encourage the labor. I also had an awesome breakfast on Friday with Rachel and Katie!


Also, Mother's Day on Sunday. I received so many calls and texts wishing me a Happy Mothers Day (which is a pretty awesome feeling). I'd previously said that if I didn't have a baby in my arms on Sunday that I'd cry, and I honestly didn't even think that this was an option. But it did happen, and I did cry, but you know what? I got over it. Because I still got to labor through the day and know that I am taking care of her. And Ian, who surprised me with tulips, cupcakes, and a sweet card, assured me that whatever day she arrives will be my Mothers Day.

Looking Forward To: (You know.)



37 comments:

  1. You still look just as stunning as day 1! Hang in there love, little miss will be here anytime! Keeping you and Ian in my thoughts and prayers!

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  2. I know you are probably so ready for her to get here - but your baby bumo is just the cutest!

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  3. Oh bless your heart! I know you're probably so tired of hearing it but just hang in there - it can't be much longer! Our 2 week old nugget just kept us awake for most of the night so for real - if you can - enjoy that sleep!! Still looking fab girl!

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  4. Hang in there. I know you're so ready. Isn't it amazing at just how big your belly is?
    You'll be even more amazed when she comes out at how big she is!! Shelby was 8.5lb and 20inches and when she came out Brad was like, 'OMG! I can't believe she has been in your tummy this whole time, she's as big as a hobbit!' LOL!!!!!!!
    Hopefully you haven't gotten any stretch marks. I was pretty lucky and didn't :)

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  5. You are a beautiful mama with a great attitude! Hope that sweet girl makes her debut soon (and easily ;) ).

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  6. You look beautiful! Praying for that sweet baby girl to make her appearance soon!

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  7. Ah! I had a dream last night that you had your baby (random?! No more blogger before bed...) So maybe it will happen today :)

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  8. Wow! You are amazing! Your positivity and patience are incredible. I'm almost 30 weeks pregnant with our first child and I can't fathom going over 40 weeks. If that happens though, I will try to remember how gracefully you've handled going over 40 weeks. Praying for you! Also, I got ridiculously chocked up when your husband told you that when your baby comes it will be your Mother's Day. That is so sweet! Great job hubby!

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  9. You are always so positive, I love it! I literally check IG/FB every few hours to check up on you and see if she's here yet! :)

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  10. You're such a trooper!!! When I went overdue (only by 5 days though) I just told myself that my numbers must have been off and so she'll come when its the right time. It was a little comforting, although gosh I remember each of those days being the longest days! Good luck for the coming few days, super excited to see the sweet little lady xx

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  11. Your patience is incredible! I saw you saying on IG that your docs are really good at letting baby come on their own which is awesome. I was pretty much talked into a c-section by 40wks 4days and I still regret my decision almost 11 months later, letting your body do what it's supposed to do is so important!

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  12. I love what Ian said to you!! Hoping little miss makes her debut soon!! :)

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  13. As always you look AMAZING!!! Love what Ian said, I think I teared up. Praying for a smooth and rather soon delivery.

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  14. As always you look AMAZING!!! Love what Ian said, I think I teared up. Praying for a smooth and rather soon delivery.

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  15. Oh sweet April! You are doing GREAT and keeping your positive attitude is the only way to go! Your precious baby snuggles are only days (or maybe hours!!) away!! =)

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  16. You look amazing! You are glowing! Praying for a smooth delivery and a healthy babe xoxo

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  17. how do you look so amazing at 41 weeks?!? I had Elyse 3 days before 40 weeks and I looked (and felt) like a beached whale! Good for you for being so positive and looking so amazing! She'll be here so soon!

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  18. My fingers are crossed for you pretty girl! SOON!


    Xo-L
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  19. You still look great!! I can't imagine how you feel though! Will continue praying for her arrival & a quick & safe delivery! And I can't wait to find out her name!!! :)

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  20. You two are so sweet and you're going to be such amazing parents. I hope she arrives soon!

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  21. I'm so glad I got to have breakfast with you girls on Friday morning!! I have been thinking about you every day since then. I hope you're still feeling okay. Cannot WAIT to meet this sweet girl!

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  22. You are the cutest 41 week pregnant momma ever!!! Seriously, and your sense of fashion! Adorable!!

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  23. you really are the best looking preggo person ever! i mean, 41 weeks and you still look good!!! i'm living by your weekly updates now that im expecting! cannot wait till you are able to share that sweet little face on insta! i'm able but stalking you! ;) soooo excited! prayers your ways!!! xoxoxo.

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  24. she is coming soon!! best of luck during the delivery! i cant wait to see her :) xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  25. any minute now!!!!
    Good luck!!!

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  26. any minute now!!!!
    Good luck!!!

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  27. Oh my goodness girl! I have to say you make a week overdue look gorgeous. Your little lady is fashionably late I can't wait to see you in the hospital on Instagram. I check every morning for an update from you!

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  28. Any day (or hour) now!! So soon! Xo

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  29. April get out and walk as much as you can tolerate. It was so helpful to me prior to the birth of my children. I walked in the mornings and evenings. Staying active is good for the soul anyway. I have a feeling you are going to have a nice baby. You remind me of my pregnancies. I have a small frame and was all baby. You wouldn't know I was pregnant from the back. I had big babies as in 8lbs. 5 oz. and 9lbs. 8 oz. I highly recommend if you have a vaginal delivery request ice for your bottom. It helped such much for the swelling and soreness. I understand it is a protocol for some hospitals following vaginal deliveries. Wishing you much luck!!!

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  30. I meant to say a nice sixe baby!

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  31. Awe i know how you feel! You still look amazing tho!! Good luck this week!

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  32. You look beautiful! She will be here so soon! Good luck!

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  33. Good luck! You look great even if you feel so over being pregnant. The day before I gave birth I had this intense spurt of energy, took the stairs at work all day, and went to the doctor who talked about induction because she was worried that my daughter wouldn't fit through my pelvis. I spent the entire Monday night getting ready to be induced that Thursday. Guess who was walking into Labor and Delivery on Tuesday? Are you going to be induced if you don't go into labor at the end of 41 weeks?

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  34. I did not think anyone could look so cute at 41 weeks! You look amazing. You may have already given birth right now. Hope all is well. The smooshy arms are well worth it.

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  35. OH... you're a trooper! And such a gorgeous pregnant lady. Any day now and you'll have your sweet girl in your arms. Wishing you a safe and happy delivery for you and your baby girl!

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  36. Hi A. you have done such a meticulous job of documenting your healthy pregnancy and I'm sure you have felt the love and prayers and support of all your faithful readers these last weeks that you have a safe delivery! I saw on your sisters blog you had the baby! You should enjoy every moment but for all your followers whom you have shared this journey at least a little announcement that everything went well would be appreciated. You can't expect readers to care and send love your whole pregnancy and then just leave everyone hanging. I am a mother so I get it, but a quick little announcement for your faithful readers would be nice so appreciated.

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